An Important Message from Msgr. McSweeney

We have recently learned of a possible theft from our mailbox and a fraudulent check scheme we want to make our parishioners aware of.

  • Mail theft – It appears that a theft from the mailbox on our property occurred at the end of January.  We were made aware of the situation by two parishioners reporting that their online bill pay donation checks to St. Matthew were attempted to be cashed by persons unaffiliated with St. Matthew. Both checks were mailed to our physical address, 8015 Ballantyne Commons Parkway, and not our post office box, PO Box 49349.  We have contacted both the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the United States Postal Service (USPS) Inspector and told them of this incident.  We have also changed our mailbox on our campus to one in which mail can only be deposited, but needs a key to be retrieved.  We would highly recommend the use of our post office box address to those who mail their donations for extra security.  This full address is:

St. Matthew Catholic Church
PO Box 49349
Charlotte, NC 28277

  • Fraudulent check scheme – We have received numerous phone calls and returned mail from across the United States informing us that our name and address have been found as a return address on USPS priority mail packages, with a check drawn on various different entities inside the package.  Our name is not associated with anything relating to the check, it simply appears as a return address on the outside of the envelope, making it appear that the package has been sent by us.  These priority mail packages have not been sent by us.  We have again contacted both the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department and the USPS postal inspector regarding this issue.  We have learned that, unfortunately, this is a common fraud.  Our church name and address have been used to give credibility to the check enclosed.  We have been assured that the check in the envelope is fraudulent and should not be cashed.

 

If you have any information or questions about either of these two issues, please contact Jane Balbirnie, our Chief Financial Officer at (704) 543-7677 ext. 1046 or at janeb@stmatthewcatholic.org.